Wolf Administration awards $10 million in grants to develop COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and therapies

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$10 million in grant funding has been awarded to develop COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and therapies.

Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 23 awardees will receive $10 million in grant funding through the COVID-19 Vaccines, Treatments and Therapies (CV-VTT) program.

“We know that the only way we can get back to our normal lives is by developing a robust testing and tracing infrastructure combined with effective, safe and affordable treatments and vaccines,” said Gov. Wolf. “The funding awarded today will jumpstart a number of promising projects that would help Pennsylvania overcome this devastating global pandemic, setting us on a path to recovery and protection both now and in the future.” 

$6.8 million was awarded to 12 vaccine projects, nearly $1.2 million was awarded to five therapy projects, ​nearly $1.6 million was awarded to five treatment projects, and $430,000 was awarded to a project that will support the build out of physical infrastructure, advancing the development of leading edge innovations in the fight against SARS-CoV-2.

These projects include the study the use of cancer medications on COVID-19 patients; the development of a research and training space to accelerate the pace of COVID-19 treatment development; the acceleration of vaccine development efforts; and the development of a protective antibody for at-risk individuals, including the elderly, among other innovative and promising new ideas. 

The full list of grant recipients can be found here.

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